What is SCANNET?

SCANNET is a network of field site leaders, research station managers and user groups in northern Scandinavia and Europe that have been collaborating for four years to improve comparative observations and access to information on environmental change in the North.

What is SCANNET doing?

SCANNET partners are providing stability for research and facilitating long-term observations in terrestrial and fresh water systems. The partners are also providing information on existing environmental data sets from key locations in the North Atlantic Region and easy access to important environmental information and research activities within the SCANNET region. SCANNET links to related networks from local to global scales by providing a focus on the landscapes and environments of the North Atlantic Region.

Why is SCANNET important?

Northern landscapes are some of Europe’s last wilderness areas. They contain specialised and diverse plants and animals and large stores of soil carbon. However, these regions are experiencing rapid environmental and social changes and are particularly vulnerable to predicted climatic changes. SCANNET seeks to facilitate research into these changes and their implications for the North and for lower latitudes by providing the fundamental infrastructure bases, local experience and research expertise on environmental impacts issues relating to landscapes of the North Atlantic Region.

SCANNET’s Future

  • SCANNET partners have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to confirm their enthusiasm to continue to collaborate.
  • SCANNET is regarded as a well-defined terrestrial component of larger networks and is collaborating within the newly formed CEON – Circumarctic Environmental Observatories Network.
  • Additional sites within the SCANNET region has become part of “Local Networks”¬†while sites outside the region have applied for “Observer Status”. We will also work closely with other networks which will become “Associated Networks”.
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